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LEIMAY LUDUS: Community Class

Led by LEIMAY Ensemble member Derek DiMartini. The LEIMAY LUDUS Community Class is a donation based drop-in class. This class is accessible to everyone and no dance or movement training is necessary. Note that this is not a performance oriented class.

LEIMAY has been investigating and exploring a variety of exercises which aid in the conditioning of a loose and fluid body. Through these exercises participants gain the opportunity to investigate the following principles: identification of the body’s own weight in relationship to gravity, the cultivation of internal rhythm and fluidity, the development of muscular strength and pliability, as well as, spacial awareness and proprioception, and the utilization of imagination and imagery to engage with and identify flow of energy. This work can help to relieve tension and relax tired muscles, so whether you spend a lot of time in front of a computer or lead an active lifestyle, these classes are for you.

Dates: Wednesday Nights: March 22 – May 10 (NOTE: No class on April 5th.)
Times: 8pm – 10pm
PRICE: Classes are donation based, please contribute what you can.
Please note: In the “NOTES” section in Paypal, please write the class date you plan to attend.


LEIMAY LUDUS is an invitation to play in the world of LEIMAY. Through LEIMAY LUDUS Ximena, Shige and the LEIMAY Ensemble share and continue to articulate LEIMAY’s physical conditioning practices, visual art craft, aesthetics and philosophies while providing another point of access to their creations and process, and contributing to an understanding of the works distinctive to LEIMAY.

LEIMAY LUDUS offers different opportunities to work with artistic director Ximena Garnica, current ensemble dancers, and with an inspiring group of local and international guest and resident teachers working within the field of butoh, physical theater, performance art and experimental vocal practices.

DEREK DIMADerek-Sq-FramedRTINI joined LEIMAY as a member of the performance ensemble in 2015 and he is now part of the research ensemble training to teach and develop the LEIMAY LUDUS program. Derek is a graduate of Yale University, where he majored in Theater Studies. During his time at YALE he had the opportunity to perform the works of Merce Cunningham, Ohad Naharin, Akram Khan, Reggie Wilson, and Trisha Brown.



Ximena-Sq-FramedXIMENA GARNICA is an interdisciplinary choreographer, director, and artist and simultaneously an active curator and producer. She is the Co-Artistic Director at LEIMAY. Garnica is part of the dance faculty at P.H.T.S, New York University, Tisch School of the Arts. Other teaching credits include master classes and lectures at Denison University, Skidmore College, DeSales University, and Muhlenberg College. She received a B.A. in Theater Arts with a minor in Multimedia Studies from the City College of New York. In 2006 she graduated from Akira Kasai’s Tenshikan Dance Institute in Tokyo. Garnica has been leading a variety of programs at CAVE since the year 2000 including international performance festivals, residencies and training projects.